Anxiety

Anxiety is:

  • a physiological and emotional response to a real or perceived threat
  • anticipation of danger when the likelihood of real danger is minimal
  • often accompanied by uncomfortable physical sensations, like racing heart, shortness of breath, upset stomach, headache, muscle tension and pain, and sleep disturbance

Anxiety looks different at different developmental stages, changing as children’s awareness and experience of the world increases.  

Anxiety is normal—we all experience it from time to time. But if anxiety is intense, out of proportion to the threat, or long-lasting, it can interfere with our well-being. It can also impact students’ ability to learn and their success in school. So it’s important to teach students, from an early age, how to manage anxiety.

Everyday Anxiety Strategies for Educators (EASE) is designed to help educators do that. 

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